Fascinating Ice City-Harbin

On August 16, 2011, in Cool Places, Must-sees, by Jack Li

When you think about taking China travel, there are so many attractions for you to visit in summer. However, have you ever thought about visiting China in winter? For winter vacation in China, the place called Harbin is a perfect choice. So book China Hotels and come to Harbin to have a lovely winter vacation.

Harbin locates in Heilongjiang Province, northeast of China. It is the tenth biggest city in China with a population of 9.87 million. The term “Harbin” originally comes from Manchu which means a place for drying fish nets. It is quite well-known for its cold winters and often called as “ice city”.

The truth is that Harbin is a hybrid city-it is a city influenced a lot by Russian. In 1898, Harbin was still a small village. The city was established by a Polish engineer financed by the Russian Empire. It is a result by the fast development of Chinese east railway. According to statisitcs of population in 1913, there were 34313 Russian in Harbin while only 23537 Chinese in Harbin. Russian do have a great influence on Harbin which makes the city quite unique. For example, the famous Saint-Sophia cathedral is one of the attractions that must see. It is an orthodox church with typical Russian style appearance.

St. Sophia Church

Just as I mentioned
above, it is an ice city. The winter is actually quite cold. At the same time, Harbin is popular for their winter activities and sports. Harbin ice
and snow world is one of the most well-known winter activities among China. It firstly set up by the Harbin Municipal Government in 1999, Harbin Ice and Snow World is by far the largest ice and snow art exhibition in the world. The ice carvings are regarded as one of the
biggest and grand ice-sculpted masterpieces. All of these ice carvings have beautiful appearances and unique lights inside them which make them look quite beautiful at night. I would recommend any visitors to visit the site at night when multicolored lights set underground illuminate the sculptures, revealing a whole new colorful dimension to the exhibits. Besides, it is also a centre for entertainment such as ice climbing, sliding, skating or visit the ice bar.

Ice Carvings at Night

For another important thing you can do in Harbin is to go skiing. In fact, it is one of the most favorite places to go skiing in
winter in China. It is absolutely a good place to have a skiing vacation. You can go to Yabuli skiing centre which is an international standard one. It is perfect for people who are new to this sport and also people who are experts on skiing. Compared with skiing resorts in Europe, Yabuli skiing centre will definitely be a more saving choice.

As a whole, winter in Harbin is quite fascinating. You can come alone and enjoy this beautiful city in the world of ice and snow. So do not hesitate and book Air China to start the amazing winter trip in Harbin.

Jack Li
 
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